Parents incl. Reporting

 

ARTICLES - General

7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year by Elena Aguilar (Edutopia). Asking parents questions about their child and taking time to listen can help educators build a rapport with parents, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. She shares seven questions for parents that educators can use during phone calls, surveys or parent nights. 

 

 

CONFLICTS

How to avoid toxic disputes between parents and teachers by Rebecca English (The Conversation). Teachers and parents can take several steps to help limit conflict, Rebecca English, a lecturer in education at Queensland University of Technology, writes in this commentary. She suggests teachers make contact with parents early and often and avoid the blame game. 

 

 

CONNECTING

5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences by Matt Davis (Edutopia). For many educators, conferences are coming up soon, and it can be a stressful time of the school year. To help parents and educators prepare for parent-teacher conferences, we've rounded up a variety of web resources.

A “how to” for creating a vibrant, engaged parent community by Becky Nider (SMartBlog). It is critical that schools engage and empower parents to take an active role in their children's education, Becky Nider, a Kansas Reading Roadmap manager and FAST team member at Onaga Elementary School in Kansas, writes in this blog post. Nider shares several ways to enhance the parent experience.

Educators: Balancing Give and Gain in Parent-Teacher Conferences by Rachel Morello (StateImpact). Kathy Nimmer, Indiana's 2015 Teacher of the Year, shares several tips to help teachers make the most of parent-teacher conferences. Nimmer suggests teachers begin conversations with the positive and come to the table with proactive plans. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences ... or Collaborative Conversations? by John McCarthy (Edutopia). Collaboration between families and teachers is key to students' success, writes John McCarthy, an education consultant and advocate for student voice in learning. In this blog post, he suggests ways that educators can reform parent-teacher conferences and turn them into collaborative conversations with shared objectives. 

Supercharge parent communication by Bridget Stegman (ASCD). Communication is key for establishing the partnership between schools and families, but it has grown far beyond newsletters and written notes sent home, writes instructional coach Bridget Stegman in this Education Update "Road Tested" column. Stegman shares how teachers can embrace technology to give families new insight into their child's school day and help them feel like they are a welcome part of the classroom. 

Teachers Really Need to Work with Families (How one teacher collaborates with parents) by Amber Rain Chandler (Middle Web).  Early in her career, Amber Rain Chandler, an English language-arts teacher in New York, writes that she kept her students' parents at a distance. Now, she seeks to work with families and includes them in her classroom. In this blog post, she shares several strategies and tools that helped her make the transition. 

Strengthening Parent Partnerships by Shira Loewenstein (Edutopia). Teachers should work to establish strong, meaningful partnerships with parents, writes Shira Loewenstein, associate director of New Teacher Support at Yeshiva University in New York. In this blog post, Loewenstein offers a list of best practices for creating and maintaining positive relationships with parents. 

Three Ways To Connect Schools And Families Through Social Media by Tisha Shipley (ASDCD). "Building and sustaining relationships with your families is the best thing you can do to support the children in your classroom," writes educator Tisha Shipley. In a recent Inservice post, Shipley explains why it's so important to connect with your student's families. She shares three ways educators can connect with parents and caregivers in traditional and nontraditional ways. 

Tips for Connecting With Non-English-Speaking Parents by Anabel Gonzalez (Education Week). Teachers can play a big role in helping families of diverse languages and cultures feel welcome and comfortable in schools, writes Anabel Gonzalez. 

 

 

HOMEWORK

See the HOMEWORK SECTION on this site.

Why you shouldn't help your kids with their homework by A. Pawlowski (TODAY)

 

 

PODCAST

One size doesn't fit all: Teachers share strategies to engage parents and families by Klea Scharberg (ASCD). Forming relationships with parents allows schools to access the wide range of resources across the community and also helps to build a culture for success that is inclusive of everyone. But how do teachers and schools create those relationships, and how do they start the process? In the most recent episode of the Whole Child Podcast, ASCD Director of Member Engagement Kevin Scott and three teachers share their stories, favorite tips, and strategies. Listen to the podcast. 

 

 

SUGGESTIONS FOR PARENTS

A Guide for Parents - Helping Your Child series (NSW BOSTES)

 

 

 

 

REPORTING

WEBSITES

The Report Designer (Commercial - Australia)

Teachers' Report Assistant (Rays Learning)

 

ARTICLES

100 Useful Words & Phrases When Writing Report Card Comments For Elementary Students    (USA)

Report Card Comments (Middle School)

Report Cards: Advice & Suggested Comments (Teacher Vision)

Tips for Writing Report Cards (Dept. Ed: Victoria)

 

FROM A PARENT'S PERSPECTIVE

I don't understand my children's school reports by Paul Chai (SMH)

 

 

MEETINGS

A Checklist for Back to School Night by Heather Wolpert-Gawron (Edutopia). Back-to-school nights are times to build rapport with parents, ease concerns about the school year and get them excited about the classroom, middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes in this blog post. She shares five tips for the open house, such as developing a brochure with basic information about the class. 

 

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